In this design challenge, students will receive a problem from the story The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka. In the story, the wolf tells his side of the story of the The Three Little Pigs. The wolf was planning to bake a birthday cake for his grandma and needed to get a cup of sugar. However, on his journey he sneezes and blows down the homes of the three little pigs. The students will be presented with the following problem, “The eldest brother of the three little pigs is looking to rebuild the destroyed homes in his community after the sneezing wind disaster caused by the wolf.” Students will put on their engineering hats to help the eldest brother rebuild homes in the community. Students will engage in a STEM challenge to build a home in 25 minutes that can withstand the wolf’s sneeze for 5 seconds. Teams will receive bonus points if their home can withstand the wolf’s super sneeze for 5 seconds while protecting the pig inside.

Standards Alignment + Connections

Current Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

Current Science TEKS covered in this design challenge

Kinder TEKS: K.5A, K.7C
Grade 1 TEKS: 1.5A, 1.5C, 1.7C, 1.8D
Grade 2 TEKS: 2.5D

Future Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

Future Science Scientific and Engineering Practices covered in this design challenge

Kinder TEKS: K.1B, K.1E, K.1G, K.6, K.10C
Grade 1 TEKS: 1.1B, 1.1E, 1.1G, 1.6A, 1.6C
Grade 2 TEKS: 2.1B, 2.1E, 2.1G, 2.6A, 2.6B, 2.6C

Math TEKS covered in this design challenge

Kinder TEKS: K.2A, K.2C, K.5
Grade 1 TEKS: 1.3D, 1.3E, 1.5A
Grade 2 TEKS: 2.2B, 2.4A